WASHINGTON BUREAU — A Senate panel’s proposed long term care services entitlement program is misleading, the American Council of Life Insurers argues.
The proposed LTC program “will not adequately protect Americans who are truly in need of long-term care,” ACLI President Frank Keating writes in a letter sent to Senate leaders and to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
The ACLI, Washington, is opposing HELP Committee efforts to send the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, or CLASS Act, to the Senate floor.
“We are concerned about the confusion that would be created by offering a government-sponsored long-term care program,” Keating writes in the ACLI letter.
Passing the CLASS Act would give Americans a false sense of security about LTC needs, Keating warns.
The CLASS Act makes up Section 191 of the Affordable Health Choices Act, the Kennedy-Dodd health bill draft.
The provision would create an optional LTC program that would pay a minimum benefit of $50 per day.